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Blogging friends, I have a confession to make. I haven’t been totally truthful about all my trips back to Germany recently. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been back to Germany twice in the past two months with trips planned in the future. Anddddddddd, if you’ve been really observant, you’ll realize that I’ve been going back to Hamburg over and over again. You’ve probably guessed by now (or if you’ve stalked my social media!), but I’m dating a guy in Hamburg!
Long story short, we met at Maiball all the way back in May 2014 (remember that post? Refresh your memory here). We started emailing and since March 2015, have been emailing, texting, messaging, etc. constantly. I finally convinced him to come visit for Thanksgiving and we totally hit it off. The rest is history! We both are obsessed with politics (I mean, our first date was to the Scottish Parliament), books, school, learning, planning, organizing, and everything else Type A. I’ll be affectionately referring to him as “the Prince” on the blog considering a) I met him at a ball (pretty much a fairy tale) and b) his last name denotes nobility/aristocracy from wayyyyyy long ago in Germany.
When I went to Hamburg a few weeks ago, I dragged the Prince to the Speicherstadt. The Speicherstadt is one of my favorite sections in all of Hamburg and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site this past summer (the first in Hamburg). It is the largest warehouse district in the world and still handles about one-third of the world’s carpet production, cocoa, coffee, tea, spices, maritime equipment, and electronic goods.
The nighttime is absolutely gorgeous in the Speicherstadt! I made the Prince find the exact spot below because I saw it on Instagram and just “had to get that shot!” He obliged and managed to find it on a map for me :) Let’s be honest though, the Prince probably reads my blog more than I read it! That’s how he stalked me before we started dating ;)
Here’s a fun fact about Hamburg…it has the most bridges in all of Europe! More than Amsterdam and Venice. In total, there 2,302 bridges. Second place goes to Amsterdam with a measly 1,281 bridges. I think I partially love Hamburg because there is so much water everywhere (and we know my obsession with water).
I couldn’t help but snap this picture when we went by the Rathaus (city hall) of Hamburg. And then the Prince convinced me that I had to see the inside and we promptly spent around 30 minutes reading all the nerdy political facts!